Starting January 2013, the Indelibles will be hosting a monthly feature called INDIE LIFE. Modeled after Alex Cavanaugh's awesome Insecure Writer's Group, this will be a chance for indie authors to post about indie life, find each other, offer support, encouragement, news, helpful hints, and anything else that makes life as an indie author a little easier.
What is Indie Life?
How: Sign up on the Linky at the bottom of this page
When: Post on the second Wednesday of the month (starting 1/9/2013)
What: Write anything indie related: something that will inspire or help a fellow indie; something that celebrates a release or a milestone; something that talks about the ups and downs, joys and heartaches of Being Indie.
Grab: The banner above to include in your posts!
Because being Indie doesn't have to mean going it alone.
JOIN US FOR INDIE LIFE!
I'd been thinking about going indie for a while. I'd always been attracted to the idea of doing things off my own bat. It takes such a long time to write a book, something that you're so personally invested in, that it would make sense to retain that sense of control and take command of its destiny rather than throw it out there and take a chance on getting it picked up. (Not that I've ruled out traditional publishing, it's still something I may pursue in the future. But I've decided to focus on self-publishing this year.)
Being indie means instant results. Of course, that's just the act of publishing. Your story still has to be the best it can possibly be, and it's entirely down to you to spread the word. Or is it?
That's where this awesome community comes into play. I recently organised a bloghop with the aim of compiling an anthology on the theme of overcoming adversity. Participants would post either a real-life story, flash fiction, or poem. I am currently compiling these entries and the finished result will go towards fundraising for my stepson, who has cerebral palsy, to attend a specialist college that will provide incredible opportunities.
If the indie option wasn't available then this project couldn't happen. Certainly not within the timescale I need: the course is set to start in September, and I don't think many traditional publishers take on anthologies unless they feature very well-known authors. (Correct me if I'm wrong on this.) And I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the support and kindness that has come our way. During the lead-up to the bloghop, I had a massive smile whenever I came across a blog post or tweet mentioning it, and a good few have already signed up to help out on launch day, announced a couple of days ago.
So being indie is not just a great avenue to get your own work out there - although I aim to do that before the end of the year too. It also allows for all sorts of other possibilities to do good things. I'm thankful for that, and I'm thankful for all the amazing friends I've made.
What do you think about self-publishing? Have you already done it, or thinking about it? Any great experiences you'd like to share?